Kangana hits back at Karan Johar's 'great actress with a magnificent absence' jibe

In the recent episode of Koffee With Karan, Kangana Ranaut spoke about Karan Johar referring to her as a "great actress" with a "magnificent absence". Three-time National Award-winner Kangana Ranaut's name never featured in the list with preference given to Katrina Kaif. There are people I look up to and who can make a difference by simply acknowledging and appreciating you work." In his book An Unsuitable Boy, Karan Johar referred to Ranaut as "a great actress" who has "made a branding out of her absence...People have a magnificent presence; she has a magnificent absence." ALSO READ: Now Kangana Ranaut compares Shahid to Hrithik RoshanALSO READ: Kangana Ranaut's Fearless Nadia-inspired Julia puts Rangoon in legal trouble

February 20, 2017 04:18 UTC

8 IPL teams to bid for players in auction today

The 2017 IPL will see around 351 players eligible for auction. The eight franchises will have a total of Rs143 crore to spend on the auction which can be utilized to buy up to 76 players. The 2017 IPL will see around 351 players eligible for auction. However, Indian players have set a far more conservative reserve price compared to some of their international colleagues. Indian players were expected to keep their prices low to ensure that money does not impede their chances of playing in the league.

February 20, 2017 04:18 UTC

How people will ‘vote their caste’ in Uttar Pradesh election

Figuring out which party can win in Uttar Pradesh depends on a complex equation of so-called ‘vote-bank’ politics. Photo: APNew Delhi/Singapore: Uttar Pradesh is voting in the biggest democratic election anywhere in the world this year. Figuring out which party can win in Uttar Pradesh depends on a complex equation of so-called “vote-bank” politics. He is up against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is in opposition in the state assembly but swept Uttar Pradesh in the 2014 general election. The third main contender is the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) led by Mayawati, who was chief minister in Uttar Pradesh from 2007-2012.

February 20, 2017 04:18 UTC

Kerala molestation: Sad situation for the entire state, says Congress MP Shashi Tharoor

Highlights 1 Congress MP Shashi Tharoor condemns molestation incident. While Kerala Police have intensified its efforts after a leading actor from Malayalam film industry was allegedly molested on Friday night, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor today condemned the horrific incident. Tharoor said that the incident was a sad condition for a state like Kerala. On Sunday, the entire Malayalam film fraternity converged to protest against the incident and demanded stringent action against the perpetrators. Amid mounting pressure from the film fraternity for stern action Kerala Police have intensified efforts.

February 20, 2017 04:07 UTC

Left parties fighting Manipur election to regain lost ground

Altogether they are fighting in 50 seats in the 60-member Manipur Assembly.CPI, which is dominant among the Left forces, conceded that they are fighting to regain their lost ground and rebuild the once glorious Left movement in the state. We had considerable number of seats and had played decisive role in state government formation. He also blamed the role of money and muscle power as one of the biggest problems for the Left. "Election results here depends a lot on money and muscle power. Our fight is to change this trend of Manipur and take it towards the path of peace and development," Kumar said.Assembly election in Manipur will be held in two phases in March four and eight.

February 20, 2017 04:07 UTC

Rupee trades flat against US dollar

India’s 10-year bond yield was at 6.863% compared to its Friday’s close of 6.852%. Bond yields and prices move in opposite directions. Photo: MintMumbai: The Indian rupee on Monday opened weaker but soon erased all the losses and was trading little changed against the US dollar. India’s 10-year bond yield was at 6.863% compared to its Friday’s close of 6.852%. Philippines peso was down 0.33%, Japanese yen fell 0.26%, Indonesian rupiah 0.17%, Malaysian ringgit 0.11% and Taiwan dollar fell 0.08%.

February 20, 2017 04:00 UTC

Morning Newswrap February 20

Kerala molestation: Sad situation for the entire state, says Shashi TharoorWhile Kerala Police have intensified its efforts after a leading actor from Malayalam film industry was allegedly molested on Friday night, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor today condemned the horrific incident. US President Donald Trump's revised travel ban targets same countriesA draft of President Donald Trump's revised immigration ban targets the same seven countries listed in his original executive order and exempts travelers who already have a visa to travel to the US, even if they haven't used it yet. SEE PICS: Shahid-Mira caught by the paparazzi on a dinner dateLovebirds Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput were spotted outside a restaurant in Bandra. The ever-so-professional paparazzi clicked them from every angle possible. Here are the pictures for your entertainment.

February 20, 2017 03:51 UTC

Apple’s upcoming iPhone helps Foxconn’s gravity-defying act

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., the main assembler of the US company’s smartphones, has gained 29% in the past year, with its shares touching a decade-high on optimism about Apple’s 10th anniversary for iPhone. He spearheaded the acquisition of Sharp Corp., transforming the ailing Japanese giant into a company that’s tripled in value and is now jointly investing billions. “The main areas where Hon Hai is cooperating with Apple are seeing slower growth—think smartphones and tablets. Hon Hai has to find emerging sectors where growth rate is high. This month, analysts at Citigroup Inc., Nomura Holdings Inc. and HSBC Holdings Plc upgraded Hon Hai to a buy rating.

February 20, 2017 03:49 UTC

Unilever can’t breathe easily after fending off Kraft Heinz

The Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant may have seen off their $143 billion effort to buy the maker of Magnum ice-cream and add slot it into their Kraft Heinz Co. operation. He must work on the assumption Kraft Heinz will want to come back. Under UK takeover rules, Kraft Heinz is now precluded from making a bid for six months—unless Unilever agrees, or another bidder buts the company in play. Kraft Heinz had already raised the bar on profitability in the consumer industry: its operating margins put those of Unilever in the shade. A better prepared Kraft Heinz, dangling a fatter offer with more cash, could yet push Unilever’s investors to pressure their board to talk about a deal.

February 20, 2017 03:45 UTC

Shahid Kapoor’s birthday bash: Deepika, Ranveer, Katrina, Varun party together

Sunday night saw all Bollywood stars put on their party hats as they headed to Juhu. Reason - Shahid Kapoor and his wife Mira hosted a pre-birthday bash for the actor, who turns a year older on February 25. The 'Rangoon' actor and his star wife looked adorable together as they posed for the media, ahead of the bash. While the birthday boy kept it casual in a white tee and jacket teamed with denims, Mira looked pretty in a nude-coloured dress. And it sure was a roaring success!Shahid's 'Padmavati' co-stars Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone made their presence felt at the party.

February 20, 2017 03:45 UTC

La Liga: Lionel Messi's last minute penalty against Leganes comes as saving grace for Barcelona

Barcelona will face Atletico Madrid in the quest to get the title. Neymar won a penalty late on which Messi converted to steal the win for Barca, keeping them within reach of leaders Real Madrid and temporarily easing the pressure on Luis Enrique. He was jeered by a large number of the home supporters but received roaring approval from the most vocal section. The nervy victory keeps Barca within a point of leaders Real Madrid, who have two games in hand. Barca will be tested again next week at Atletico Madrid but the coach said he trusted his side to turn things around.

February 20, 2017 03:45 UTC

Witherspoon was initially unsure about 'Big Little Lies' role'

Actress Reese Witherspoon was taken aback when she was offered to play Madeline in TV series "Big Little Lies". You don't know me! I don't know if I should be insulted!'" But when they started filming on day one, Witherspoon conceded that playing Madeline came naturally to her. "I got on set in that outfit, and we had to do that long walk, I just started doing it.

February 20, 2017 03:44 UTC

BharatQR code to be unveiled today: An explainer

The customers can simply make payments by scanning the QR code and entering the transaction amount. Mint decodes the QR code:What is a QR code? Why is it important to have a QR code? E-wallets like Paytm also enable transactions through QR code, but both parties need to have a Paytm account to use it. How is BharatQR code different?

February 20, 2017 03:24 UTC

Nasscom sees 20-25% less IT jobs in the next three years

MUMBAI | NEW DELHI: As the $155-billion IT industry tries to reinvent itself through automation, artificial intelligence (AI) and machi ne learning, its traditional appetite for jobs is decreasing by the day .Industry body Nasscom said in its annual review that while the industry grew at 8.6%, jobs grew only by 5% in the fiscal year 2016-17. “In the next 10 years, we don't think there will not be a white-collar job that will not be touched by artificial intelligence. In our estimate, around 12% of the jobs will go away due to the bot and automation.“ He added that the remaining three-quarters of the jobs will have to adopt bots as a tool.“But, it's going to be all okay. “ As robotics, machine learning, artificial intelligence get more deeply incorporated into the business models, the revenue will grow faster than the headcount,“ he said. That is because of the way automation works in practice, explains David Autor, an economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology .

February 20, 2017 03:22 UTC

Indian Premier League 2017 auction: LIVE Updates

Hello and welcome to our Live coverage of the Indian Premier League 2017 players auction being held in Bengaluru. His base price is Rs 30 lakh. 10.26 IST: No bids for West Indies' Andre Fletcher even at a base price of Rs 30 lakh10.25 IST: Unsold! Base price Rs 50 lakh. 9.45 IST:Batsmen List 1:Martin Guptill - Unsold (Base price - 50 lakh)Eoin Morgan - KXIP (Sold for 2 crore)Jason Roy - Unsold (Base price - 1 crore)Faiz Fazal - Unsold (Base price - 30 lakh)Alex Hales - Unsold (Base price - 1 crore)Ross Taylor - Unsold (Base price - 50 lakh)Saurabh Tiwary - Unsold (Base Price - 30 lakh)9.44 IST: That concludes the first set of batsmen.

February 20, 2017 03:07 UTC

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